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What should be a Buddhist's response to derogatory depictions of Buddhism?

I have come across multiple instances where famous people or mainstream media have treated Buddhism and its culture in a derogatory manner, though I like to think most of the time it was because they ...
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What is the reasoning for making a buddhist statue out of gold?

The Golden Buddha, officially titled Phra Phuttha Maha Suwan Patimakon, is the world's largest solid gold statue. What is the justification for such a statue? By justification I mean, what reasons ...
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What is the symbol sometimes depicted on images of the Buddha which looks like a swastika?

I often look up images of the Buddha online to use as desktop backgrounds for pc or phone. I've seen quite a few images that show a symbol that looks like a swastika on the Buddha's chest. What is the ...
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How does one do an "eye opening" for a new statue?

What the actual words or at least the structure of of the ceremony/ritual? I'm particularly interested from the Mahayana East Asian standpoint (Chinese/Korean/Vietnamese/Japanese) However, I don't ...
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Should Buddhists use statues with an imagined likeness of the Buddha for veneration?

Should Buddhists use statues with an imagined likeness of the Buddha for veneration? The Buddha discouraged making images in his likeness (Kalinga Bodhi jataka), and has said that the Buddha cannot be ...
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Buddha statue of European/white likeness?

Do Buddha statues exist that portray Buddha as a person of white or European likeness? Where would I find them? (Not sure what other than "white" or "European" to call it; you are free to correct me.)...
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Buddha Statue Identification and Explanation

Is there a name of this particular Buddha, and what is the mudra called, what does it mean, and what is in his left hand and what does it mean?
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Is it wrong to buy a Buddha statue in Thailand from a Buddhist point of view?

I understand in Thailand they can confiscate Buddha statues in the customs unless you have a special permit that takes days to be processed and a lot of paperwork. It is clear that from a "wordly ...
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Can you identify these figurines?

I'm looking to find info about these particular statues. Any info would be great. Had these for years and really wondering who they are, where they're from and any history if known.
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What is the significance of Reclining Buddha Statue in Laos compared to other countries in Asia?

Hello regarding the reclining Buddha statue here in this link http://www.buddhastatuesnow.com -- What are the differences between this and other reclining statues in Asia? I have seen several and ...
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Why are exceptionally tall statues of the Buddha and Guanyin built?

When I read this article on the tallest statues in the world, I was struct by how many of them were of important Buddhist figures: of the fifteen tallest statues six are of Guanyin (Kannon/...
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Establishing a shrine in the bedroom?

If one weren't able to have a proper room in which to establish a shrine, could the bedroom be a suitable place to put a statue of the Buddha ? As expressed by Lama Yeshe, sexual misconduct would ...
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Questions about buying a Buddha statue

How important is the hand gesture of a Buddha statue? I heard in a video that I should definitely get a Dhyāna Mudrā (Meditation) statue or a bhūmisparśa (calling the Earth to witness / touching the ...
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Did I disrespect the Buddha on the altar?

Why do we close a question about trying to find out if I’m disrespecting The Buddha, I learned I should not look at my altar when I’m angry or disappointed. see I’m so angry right now I don’t think I ...
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Help to identify origin/history of a statuette of the Buddha?

Can anyone help me identify this please? I can not find one the same, and would love a bit of history on him. Small buddha bought on eBay -- stated "possibly from China", he was not sure I'm ...
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Statues I can't find anything about

I picked up these two statues today. I have been searching for an hour or two, to identify them or learn anything at all I can about them. I've searched through thousands of images, been comparing ...
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Is this a statue of a six-armed wooden Buddha?

Please help me identify this statue. Thank you!
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Where can I get authentic Yab-Yum statues/figurines? [closed]

Ebay and Amazon have either very large and (prohibitively) expensive ones or those mass-produced in China. Where can I get a bronze or brass figurine that is small in size. Thank you.
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Is this picture of a statue of the Shakyamuni Buddha?

I really need help identifying who the below represents... is it Siddhartha Gautama (Shakyamuni Buddha)? Thank you.
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Did my brother committed shedding the blood of Buddha sin?

Im too anxious,in the past my brother play football he kicked the ball to Guanyin statue i don't know he is intent or not did he committed shedding the blood of Buddha sin? the statue did not break
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